US Open 2022: Bryson DeChambeau says joining LIV is ‘a business decision’, wants to keep playing on PGA Tour


BROOKLINE, Mass. – Less than two weeks after saying it would be a “risk” to leave the PGA Tour, Bryson DeChambeau is now a member of rival circuit LIV Golf.

So what happened?

“It was a business decision, first and foremost,” DeChambeau said Monday at the US Open, his first public comments since LIV announced it had joined the new league and planned to make its debut later this month at Pumpkin Ridge.


“That’s all there was. It has given me so many more opportunities outside of the game of golf and it has given me more time with my family and my future family. So for me, that was the decision.”

LIV Golf is a ‘business decision’ for DeChambeau

DeChambeau has long been linked to the Saudi-backed tour, but after a wave of prominent players reiterated their commitment to the PGA Tour in February, DeChambeau fell in line as well. Last week at the Memorial, he said he planned to continue playing on the PGA Tour, against the best players in the world, telling reporters of a potential jump: “Personally, I don’t think I’m in a place right now. career where I can risk things like that.”

LIV’s inaugural $25 million event was already underway outside of London, with reports saying that tournament officials had significantly increased their offers to players. DeChambeau admitted Monday that the financial commitment — he was reportedly offered more than $100 million to join — played a big factor in his decision.

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“There was a lot of finance and a lot of time,” he said. “I can also have a life outside of the game of golf.”

Part of DeChambeau’s future plans is a multi-sports complex (with an attached charter school) in Dallas, where he hopes to create a place for long drivers to hone their craft, with a view to hosting the World Long Drive Championships.

A more immediate concern is what happens to DeChambeau’s playing opportunities. Seventeen former and current PGA Tour players were suspended last week after they competed in the LIV event without a conflicting event release. Commissioner Jay Monahan said any future LIV player will receive the same punishment.

“It’s not my decision to make it,” DeChambeau said. “That’s someone else’s decision doing it for me.”

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DeChambeau, who intends to play the remainder of the eight-tournament LIV schedule, has not yet relinquished his Tour membership and said he would like to continue playing Tour events, specifically mentioning the Memorial and Arnold Palmer Invitational. Although he was included in the field for next week’s Travelers Championship, DeChambeau withdrew from the event, saying he didn’t want to be a distraction.

When asked why he still wanted to play on the Tour despite being a member of the rival circuit, he said: “Because I want to play where people can see great entertainment. I want to deliver that wherever I am.”

DeChambeau said he understood his decision would polarize golf fans, also acknowledging LIV’s controversial source of funding through the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund.

“What’s happened hasn’t been good,” he said, “but they’re moving on the right decision from what I can see and what we’ve had conversations about.”

After making what he called a “very difficult” decision that he has been dealing with for years, DeChambeau said he believes “a lot of good things will come out of this over time.”

“At the end of the day,” he said, “it was a business decision for my family’s future, and it gave me a lot of free time, so it clarified a lot of things for me.”